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B.A., History and Archaeology, University of Athens, Greece (1998)
M.A., History, University of Florida (2000)
Ph.D., History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2005)
Theodora Dragostinova's work focuses on nation-building, refugee movements, and minority politics in eastern Europe, with a particular emphasis on the Balkans. She is the author of Between Two Motherlands: Nationality and Emigration among the Greeks of Bulgaria, 1900-1949 (Cornell University Press, 2011).
Expanding her work on nationalism, she is doing a comparative study of Balkan nation-building during the final phase of disintegration of the Ottoman Empire. "Making Nations: The Struggle over National Classifications in (Post-) Ottoman Macedonia" will explore how national administrations sought to chart the often indeterminable identities of diverse populations in borderland areas. She also organized, with Yana Hashamova, a conference entitled "Beyond Mosque, Church, and State: Negotiating Religious and Ethno-National Identities in the Balkans."
She is also working on a second book project, tentatively entitled Communist Extravaganza, which is a transnational study of the years of late socialism in Bulgaria through an examination of cultural politics and national commemorations.
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Department web page
Origins: 1989 Twenty Years On: The End of Communism and the Fate of Eastern Europe
Making Nations: The Struggle over National Classifications in (Post-) Ottoman Macedonia (2011-12)
Beyond Mosque, Church, and State:
Negotiating Religious and Ethno-National Identities in the Balkans (2011-12)
Assistant Professor of History
The Ohio State University